Best of 2014

Last year, Southwest Metro Magazine held its annual readers’ choice survey, and we asked members of the community to tell us their favorites in 50 categories. Check out this list of 2014’s winners and see how this year’s crop compares: you’ll find some repeat favorites and some newcomers. Here’s a refresher on last year’s choices.

Best Preschool/Daycare
Step by Step Montessori

Best Veterinary Services
Chanhassen Veterinary Clinic

Best Pet Grooming/Services
The Canine Club and Spa

Best Music Lessons
Chaska Music Studios

Best High School Teacher
Steve Cwodzinski, Eden Prairie High School

Best Kids’ Birthday Party Spot

Jump & Jam Activity Center

Best Doggy Daycare/Kennel/Boarding
Top Dog Country Club

Best Community Festival
Waconia’s Nickle Dickle Day

Best Class/Program for Seniors
Safari Island Community Center

Best Summer Camp
Camp Tanadoona

Best Medspa/ Rejuvenation Clinic

Beyond Beauty

Best Dental Clinic
Chaska Dental Center

Best Orthodontist
Veil Orthodontics (Eden Prairie)

Best Fitness Studio
Higher Power Training

Best Chiropractor
ABC Family Chiropractic

Best Golf Course
Chaska Town Course

Best Pediatric Clinic
Southdale Pediatric Associates

Best Interior Designer
Jane-Marie Bloomberg, Embellishments Design Studio

Best Landscaper

Southview Design

Best Garden Shop
The Mustard Seed

Best Home Furnishings
Yetzer's Home Furnishings

Best Builder/Remodeler

Mackmiller Design + Build

Best New Shop
Tazzie Baby And Child

Best Small-Business Customer Service

Higher Power training

Best Children’s Shop
Abc & Toy Zone

Best Jeweler
Weinzierl Jewelry

Best Boutique

Mainstream Boutique

Best Sporting Goods

Best Eyewear
Southwest Eye Care

Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts
Carver Junk Company

Best Salon/Spa
Spalon Montage

Best Massage Therapist
Bonnie Kimble, Bodywork Ultra

Best Photographer

Taylor Hubbard Photography

Best Hairstylist/Barber

Lindsay Perry, Givan’s Salon & Spa

Best Financial Advisor

Chuck Schmidt, Edward Jones

Best Insurance Agent
Sharlene Downs, State Farm

Best Real Estate Agent

Karen Hansen Real Estate

Best New Restaurant
Tavern 4&5

Best Breakfast/Brunch
Original Pancake House

Best Ethnic Food
Rey Azteca

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Cuzzy’s Brick House

Best Pasta Dish
Butternut Squash Ravioli, Biaggi’s

Best Burgers
Lions Tap

Best Bakery
Mackenthun’s Fine Foods

Best Outdoor Dining

Redstone Grill

Best Private-Party Venue

Best Bartender

Jesse Seib, Houlihan’s

Best Happy Hour


Best Wine Selection

Best Yoga Class

Hatha with Carole McMonigal, Yoga Bella

Find the full story featuring our Best of 2014 winners here.